Compulsory purchase order advice and services

By: Lambert Smith Hampton  05/12/2011

Whether you are a developer or local authority seeking to use Compulsory Purchase procedures or are on the “receiving end” of a Compulsory Purchase Order, our extensive CPO experience can help you through the process.

To achieve the best results for a client’s compulsory purchase, our surveyors possess a number of specialist skills including:

  • In depth knowledge of the extensive compulsory purchase statute and case law.
  • The ability to understand claimants’ businesses and issues affecting them on relocation or extinguishment.
  • When acting for a developer or acquiring authority the knowledge to guide the client through the process including:
    • Providing estimates
    • Negotiations prior to acquiring CPO powers 
    • Appearing as an expert witness at Public Inquiry
    • Most importantly, the necessary diplomatic skills to deal with claimants and to negotiate a settlement.
  • When acting for owners or occupiers.
    • The ability, if appropriate, to make a credible objection to a CPO and to appear at Public Inquiry. 
    • The ability to present a claim within the compulsory purchase framework in a persuasive way and to negotiate a satisfactory settlement. 
  • If negotiations fail, the ability to provide a credible expert witness before the Lands Tribunal.

All of these services are provided to our clients through our nationally networked team of compulsory purchase surveyors.



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